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Heirs of Prophecy (The Prophecies Series Book 1) by [Rothman, Michael A.]
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Editorial Reviews


"Rothman's language and description are precise and well-tuned to an adolescent readership...a fair, heroic fantasy for the school-age demographic."
                       - Kirkus Reviews

"There is a sweetness and light to this novel that often seems missing in modern fantasy. I think that a wise reader will recognize that this is something the world needs, and has been waiting for."
                       - David Farland, New York Times Bestselling Fantasy Author

"Let me say, before anything else, that Michael A. Rothman can most definitely tell a story! The Riverton family is one of the sweetest groups of people that I've ever met. Aaron, Ryan and their parents face a lot in this book, but they deal with it as a family. If you're looking for a wholesome read that will still draw in your young reader, this is it!"
                       - Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

"Heirs of  Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is the perfect read for young readers who  enjoyed reading other series by authors like Christopher Paolini and Brandon Mull."
                       - There's A Book

"As an educator with a love for children and adolescent books, I found myself very interested in this book. There are so very few books that both adults and adolescents can enjoy and relate to. I'm glad to say this book is one of those few books."
                       - Barbara Greenwald, Retired NYC Elementary School Teacher

Product Details

  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Publisher: M & S Publishing, L.L.C.; 3 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MW34X4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #827,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Ok I'll be honest. When I first got this book I wasn't sure I was going to like it. And when I first started reading it I still wasn't sure. I really kept waiting for something to happen to the parents or for their to be a huge divide between them and when it didn't happen I was kinda left lost! Stupid I know but it does show what my expectations are for middle grade lit sometimes! But once I started to get further into the story I really started to enjoy it!!

As the story starts out there are several strands of events happening separate from each other. At first I struggled keeping them all in order in my mind, but that didn't last long. Immediately my mind was working on figuring out how all these strands would start to come together in the story and how they could affect each other. I was cool to actually watch it play out. And by the end they seamlessly came together as a full story. I'm always amazed when authors can pull that off!

Ok about the plot. I loved the concept of a family being transported to a time and place they didn't know. Haven't we all thought of that happening??? Especially to a land where magic is real!! And how this played out was good. I did thought, think they adjusted a bit too quickly. I think for most of us we'd be a bit more freaked out. They just accepted it and jumped right in. I could put this aside and just enjoy the story. As the story came to a head with all the strands of stories coming together, the action was great and I was fully engaged. I really wanted to see how this family worked together to succeed! There were also times that there was great detail in how things like the smithwork was done that I wasn't interested in.
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By Alisan on April 14, 2013
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I found the story quite good in some ways and read to the end to give it a fair chance. Rothman has some interesting ideas. As is often the case, a good editor would have eliminated distracting typos and overuse of certain words - eg people tend to 'smirk' a lot and 'bounce' a lot.
I had planned fo give the book to my 13 yo to read but a few veiled sexual references, the dad accidentally killing a boy in anger, and the rather gory fight near the end, plus a growing darkness and evil makes me wonder where the sequel will go.
The two boys are very soon acting unlike 12 and 14. Again, a good editor could have helped with continuity ... Perhaps Rothman was just eager to get them ready for his skirmish scenes.
I think the good guys are rather too 'perfect' - even the cat.
We are told there are epic battle scenes coming so I am sure fantasy fans of this genre will enjoy the book and the things which have disappointed me probably won't be an issue.
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A young adult novel with strong boy characters, which seems too rare this days. The author pulls you into an interesting world of magic and a fun plot. In short, a modern family on vacation is transported to another world and learns they have insights, knowledge and magic which makes them special. You are quickly engaged in the family relationships and the world building details. The changing third person view point helps you identify with the main characters and care for them. This is a good pre-teen book full of good role models.
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I just finished reading Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman, and it's a wonderful fantasy adventure. I liked the Rivertons right away and thought their family dynamics seemed realistic. It would certainly be a lot easier being stranded in a strange land with your whole family! The pace of the story is excellent. The author created a magical new world with creatures that I could easily picture and a storyline that I thought about when I wasn't reading. Whenever magic is involved- anything can happen! I loved learning about the characters' special powers and watching them discover how to control these new gifts. It was great to see the way the Rivertons changed both together and independently in their new home. I liked the way they adjusted to living in a time period that seemed so old fashioned, but in a way they seemed less stressed and happier. I think that this book would be great for kids in grades 4-8. Anyone that likes a fantasy story will fall into the pages of this wonderful book and go on an adventure that will stay with them after they turn the last page. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Tools of the Prophecy because I can't wait to see what happens next!
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Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman is an imaginative beginning to what I suspect will be a great series. The Riverton family goes on vacation to Arizona, only to find themselves in a new land called Trimoria. Trimoria is a land under the control of the dark wizard, and resembles the Dark Ages. There is no technology or indoor plumbing. The young boys, Aaron and Ryan Riverton soon realize they gained abilities in Trimoria that they did not have before. This makes them a threat for the ruling king and wizard Azazel.

This book starts with many details about the new world, and a lot of world building. The world building ties into the actions of the main characters later in the book. I liked the amazing world that Michael Rothman created and I can only imagine that the world building is going to be even better in the second book, Tools of Prophecy. Sometimes in Fantasy, the world created can be too over the top, or underdeveloped, but that is not the case in the Prophecy Series.

Ryan and Aaron are very young when they discover they are part of a prophecy and meant to lead the battle against the demon hordes in the distant future. Even though the boys are young they accept the responsibility and they start training right away. As the action in the book builds, and the story starts to end it left me wanting more. I was so wrapped up in the story of Heirs of Prophecy that when it ended, I immediately started Tools of Prophecy, because I was not ready to leave Trimoria behind just yet.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review**
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